Bogdan is a football, fitness and nutrition enthusiast in love with the process of becoming the strongest version of himself.
Football: The Beautiful Game
Football is the most popular sport in the world with over 4 billion followers, making this sport extremely attractive and searched, especially because of its powerful entertaining potential.
Starting from the unbelievable dribbling skills, unimaginable passes, and breathtaking goals to the intense and passionate show made by the fans in the stands to the heartbreaking moments of loss, failure or injuries.
Joy, anger, happiness, sadness, love, hate, kindness, compassion, determination...
The unpredictability of football unleashes a cascade of feelings every time you watch or play a game.
You can experience this cascade of feelings as a player or coach right from the field or as a supporter in the stands or at home.
Becoming a Pro
Now, becoming a professional football player is a totally different story than playing or watching football for fun. It requires a lot of sacrifices, hard work, dedication and the willingness to endure a lot of pain and suffering.
You also need a specific training program that involves movements you are using in an actual game otherwise, you're just training for the sake of it and without any efficiency. You need drills and exercises for your specific position so the body gets used to those movement patterns when it's time to play.
Last but not least, you have to know what lifestyle has someone that is a professional football player or is on his journey to becoming one just like you. You have to know their nutrition habits, their training habits, how they get ready for training or a game, how they manage their free time and many more.
If it sounds interesting for you, let's hop in and find out 5 football Youtube channels that can give you a proper image of what it's like to be a professional football player and how can you get there faster than if you would take it all on your own.
“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.”
— Bill Shankly
Now a professional football player for Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL, second football division in the USA), Mattew Sheldon started Become Elite because of his desire to help young players (and not only) to improve their game and accomplish their goals.
This desire came after he himself struggled and failed a lot before signing a professional football contract. Everything started when Matt was a fourteen-year-old aspiring to reach that glorious dream of finally walking on the road as a professional football player.
Everything sounds good here BUT...
There were some things he needed to change before that...
"I was 115 pounds, very weak, with average speed and athleticism, and eating poorly. I was on the B-team for my club with no signs of improvement, and I knew that, both athletically and technically, I wasn't where I needed to be to reach my goals. I also knew that my current habits of just going to my team trainings twice a week wasn't going to get me there"
He decided to make those changes BUT, there was a problem...
The drills and training programs he found on the internet were very scarce or weren't football-specific. Instead, Matt had to make his own training plan and experiment with different methods until he found what works best for him, nutrition-wise too.
His dedication and perseverance paid off, reaching 175 pounds while getting to 5% bodyfat and at the same time increasing his 40-yard dash speed, vertical jump, and endurance.
Matt traveled the world playing for different teams in countries like Finland, Germany or New Zealand and made those experiences valuable by creating different specific football programs but also showing insights of his daily lifestyle as a professional and giving away free resources like tutorials, training drills, workouts and nutrition advice for any player out there trying to become a pro.
He's also extremely dedicated to making the video content look like a story to make sure his audience feels the emotions he experiences, even if it's just a glimpse of that.
SimplySoccer is a Youtube football channel that produces a LOT of extremely valuable and practical content about every aspect of football and gives you enormous amounts of tips and tricks that can boost your career and help you become a better player and ultimately become a professional player. After all, that's what you're aiming for, right?
The content created by SimplySoccer is for every position on the field and what is truly awesome is the analysis they do on different world-class players like Aguero, Van Dijk or Salah, in this way you're literally learning from the best.
There is also a tremendous emphasis on the mental part of the game and how to adapt quickly and easily to new circumstances in-game and outside like integrating faster in a new team or to a new level of playing.
They've also created a free training program that you can easily access on their website so make sure to check it out otherwise, you may miss out some highly valuable knowledge.
We can say that Michael Cunningham was a product of the environment. He was born and raised in Nottingham, England, the home of football so it's easy to understand why football is the sport that got his attention.
At first, it was just the pure joy of playing and developing new skill sets. Everything changed after he joined his first amateur club at 11 years old. Now he was part of a team and besides controlling and dribbling the ball through the opposition players there was also the tactical part of the game, which put him in real trouble.
He became obsessed with improving all the aspects of the game and after a few years playing in an amateur league, he finally got the chance to attend a sports college with a full-time development football academy.
While in the academy, he signed his first semi-professional contract, got invited to join the Nike Academy and then signed for Luton Town, but after the club went into Administration Michael decided that is the time to expand his area of opportunity searching.
As a result, he earned a full scholarship to play college football in New York. He performed really well there so he obtained his first professional contract with an Australian second division team.
Always looking for new experiences Michael couldn't resist the offer of playing in the Major Arena Soccer League in the USA, the highest level of indoor football.
So, if you're always looking for new experiences just like him, don't hesitate to subscribe to his channel and see the life of an indoor professional football player.
Even if he started kicking the ball at 3 years old, Sheldon Tweedie still faced a lot of rejection in his footballing career, most of the times because he was too small. He attended multiple trials hoping for the big break but still had to play many years in lower level divisions and worked hard to climb the championship ladder.
Sheldon still persevered despite those hardships and disappointments and says that they only made him a better player and a better person.
Now he is vlogging his journey of becoming a professional football player showing to all aspiring players out there every experience he encounters along the way and his lifestyle day by day.
Dylan Tooby is a football trainer from Canada and the creator of a football Youtube channel with over 420,000 subscribers.
During his youth, Dylan was always one of the better players playing in the top teams which got him selections for his Province and Nation of Canada.
However, football wasn't a trend in Canada and people told him that there is no future in this job. He continued playing eventually starting coaching and private training.
After a few years of running different activities regarding football from private sessions to training camps, he decided to start a Youtube channel called "The Soccer Essentials" feeling that this way he can expand more and reach his full potential.
Unfortunately, he made the mistake of using copyrighted music so Youtube abolished his opportunity of making money, which put an end to that Youtube channel.
Since Dylan is a perseverant and passionate person, he started another football channel called "Progressive Soccer" and continued to inspire and help players all around the world to become better. This way, 100,000 players used his content to improve every aspect of their game.
What's even better, since starting creating content on Youtube he was forced to improve his game as well. This ultimately led to becoming one of the best players in the league, earning several trophies and awards and the most interesting part...
He was selected to play for the Canadian National Futsal team at the age of 30.
How lucky can you be to learn from a player that was regarded as one of the best players in his country?
Let me tell you...
LUCKY AS HELL!!
So take the chance and get to action because as one of Dylan's favorite quote says:
“Knowledge is only power when put into action.”
Your Turn Now
Five football Youtube channels and five stories that can inspire every player looking for getting a professional contract or just getting better every day. From physical training to mental training. From nutrition to lifestyle. You can find everything you need to know to level up your game on these channels.
But in order to really see the results you're looking for you need to do one simple thing...
If you don't go out there and do the dirty work, then all the hours watching videos and taking notes will be completely useless.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” -Pele
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